Brandon LaFell Signs with Bengals

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist

Dec 27, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell (19) runs with the ball while New York Jets free safety Marcus Gilchrist (21) attempts to tackle him during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
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Wide receiver Brandon LaFell has found a new home in the AFC North after reaching an agreement with the Cincinnati Bengals, per his agent Neil Schwartz (via Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports).

Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official website reported on March 16 that LaFell was going to visit Cincinnati.

LaFell should find playing time in Cincinnati. The Bengals lost Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu in free agency this offseason and now have a largely depleted receiving corps, aside from A.J. Green. Brandon Tate returned on a one-year deal, but he made a grand total of two receptions last season and has 57 for his career.

At the very least, LaFell is a more consistent option. The former third-round pick has posted at least 500 receiving yards in five of his six NFL seasons. His average of 13.9 yards per reception makes him a nice complement to Green, who is Andy Dalton's favorite downfield target.

LaFell, 29, spent the last two seasons in New England. He recorded 37 receptions for 515 yards last season, failing to record a touchdown for the first time in his career. The reception total was exactly half of what he did in 2014.

Injuries were part of the issue. LaFell was limited to a career-low 11 games because of a foot problem that wound up limiting his explosiveness throughout the campaign. He began the year on the physically unable to perform list and ended up essentially playing catchup the rest of the way.

The Patriots released LaFell earlier this month in lieu of carrying his $3.675 million cap number, per Over the Cap.


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